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When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples

VALENTINE'S DAY
You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe …

Rick Warren Pens Second Children's Book

Review of Rick Warren's book
(Zonderkidz)

 BOOK REVIEW 

Writing a book review for a selection that only has a couple dozen pages to it and probably less words than this review, can be difficult, but here goes. God's Great Love for You, by Rick Warren is a children's picture book geared for those ages 4 to 8, but don't be surprised if those younger will take an interest in it or those older will keep it on their bookshelf for years to come.

It is no surprise that Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, has a way with words. Here he proves that he can get his message across about God's love clearly for little ears with just a handful, as this is his second children's book (his first was The Lord's Prayer). However, what makes or breaks a children's picture book is the pictures. Some good intentions have been ruined by choosing the wrong artist. Fortunately, ZonderKidz chose award-winning illustrator, Chris Saunders, to do the job. The pages come alive with a pastel explosion of color and feature a precocious-looking girl wearing a bright red dress and black and white striped stockings. There can be no doubt that her accompanying friend, a white dove, is a reminder of how the Holy Spirit is always by our side. The hardback book will be a real page turner for many kids and parents alike.

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